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Match Preview: Bristol City

Posted: Fri 01 Mar 2013
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Robins Fly Into Bloomfield Road

The season finale is just two months away now, in which time The Seasiders have a total of 36 points to play for across their 12 remaining fixtures.

Paul Ince will be without Tiago Gomes (knee) while Chris Basham is a doubt after suffering an injury to his jaw in last Saturday’s goalless draw with Leicester City.

Bristol City are the visitors this weekend and come to Bloomfield Road in confident mood following their 5-3 victory over Barnsley last week.

Sean O’Driscoll will give a late check on defender Louis Carey, who has missed the last four games with a knee injury, although the match may come just too soon.

Head-To-Head

Blackpool have played Bristol City 91 times in competitive matches with The Seasiders coming out on top in 31, losing 35 and drawing 25.

Previous Meetings

17 November 2012 – Bristol City 1-1 Blackpool

25 February 2012 – Bristol City 1-3 Blackpool

Bristol City

Since Sean O'Driscoll took over as manager, The Robins have won four and lost four with the side currently lying 23rd, three points adrift of safety.

They are in their 6th season in the The Championship having gained promotion from League One in 2007 - the same year that Blackpool went up via the play-offs.

In their first season in the second tier they came close to gaining promotion to the Premier League but lost out in the play-off final to Hull City.

Stat Attack

- Blackpool have scored 72% of their goals in the second half of games this season.

- The Seasiders haven't scored in the last three games - their longest run without a goal this season.

- Since O'Driscoll took charge, their four defeats have all come away from home.

- Steven Davies is Bristol City's top scorer with 11 goals.

Referee

Mick Russell (Hertfordshire)

The last game involving The Seasiders that Mr. Russell refereed was Blackpool’s 4-1 defeat to Derby County earlier this season.